Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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On Friday, March 28, students at Starr Elementary met in the gym to present their History and Literacy Fair projects to their fellow students, families and teachers. Kindergarten through fifth-grade students were able to participate in the fair. They were allowed to choose a topic or find a book, read it, and create some type of display (diorama, tri-fold board, etc.). High school students judged the projects by walking around and asking youngsters about their them. All the reading and work was done at home.
Last year, the New Richmond High School Academic Decathlon team finished third at the state tournament, but it also lost all but three of its members to graduation. For the team to improve and get closer to a first-place finish it would need to rebuild and find new members dedicated to studying and competing.
Over the last few years, the New Richmond High School drama department has performed mostly happy and light plays or musical such as this winter’s "Irving Berlin’s White Christmas." And that was one of the main reasons Drama Director Katelyn Peterson decided to challenge her students with two much darker plays for their spring performance.
On Thursday, March 20, students and teachers from the New Richmond High School gave a tour and listened to a presentation from representatives from Bosch’s New Richmond facility. The tour was meant to show Bosch representatives how the students will use the funds the company awarded them through the Bosch Community Fund (BCF), on Feb. 24, which will go toward four projects to allow students to apply their learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in hands-on, experiential settings.
At its Feb. 10 meeting, the New Richmond City Council voted to proclaim April as “City of New Richmond Art Month.” At the meeting, Five Loaves Food Shelf & Fundraising Coordinator Tia Bismonte read a list of local events relating to the arts that are happening in April. According to Bismonte, Art Month would never have gotten off the ground without the help and support of VFW Ladies Auxiliary president Mary Simonds.
After a short presentation and overview of what the Gap Fund program does and how it is funded, the New Richmond Area Community Foundation presented the program a check for $4663.57. The Gap Fund program was established in 2008 when the District School Nurse identified the “gap” in funds available for those “extra” essential items needed for a student to be successful in the school setting.
With spring having sprung and the weather looking to take its final upturn toward higher temperatures, the New Richmond High School Ice Fishing Club’s inaugural season is coming to a close. Ice Fishing Club coach and high school science teacher Jeff Albarado believes that the club’s first season was a big success and that more kids will join next season. “In the first few competitions we took part in it it was a bit of a learning curve, but eventually we figured things out a little more toward the end of the season,” Albarado said.
Over the last few years, the New Richmond Middle School and Community Education have been trying to put together a program to allow older generations to share their knowledge with the students of the New Richmond School District. “We have had the concept and idea for the program in our heads for a while now, but when we have tried to start it before we have kind of stumbled and it never went anywhere,” said New Richmond Middle School Gifted and Talented teacher Jodi Markowski.
The New Richmond Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade bands performed for their parents and friends during a concert on Tuesday, March 18, in the high school auditorium.
The idea to give manicures to residents of an area nursing home had been something Hair Company and Spa owner Julie Mitchell wanted to do for a while. On March 3, Mitchell and a group of stylists from Hair Company made the trip to Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glenwood City to give a group of residents complimentary manicures and brighten their day in the process. “This was the first time we have done this, but it’s something I have always thought about doing,” Mitchell said.